President Barack Obama told the graduating students of Howard University they should not engage in the practice of disinviting controversial speakers or disrupting political rallies.
During his commencement speech for the historically black academic institution, President Obama addressed what he described as the apparent current trend of disinviting certain speakers.
"There's been a trend around the country of trying to get colleges to disinvite speakers with a different point of view, or disrupt a politician's rally. Don't do that — no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths," stated Obama. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has admitted he would rather run against Hillary Clinton rather than her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, arguing that the "dysfunctional" political system is rigged against the senator from Vermont.
"I would rather run against Crooked Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders and that will happen because the books are cooked against Bernie," Trump wrote in a Tweet on Wednesday.
"What a great evening we had. So interesting that Sanders beat Crooked Hillary. The dysfunctional system is totally rigged against him," he added, referring to both Trump and Sander's respective victories in the Indiana primaries. more >>
North Korea may be the most secretive and isolated country in the world, but everyone knows that its economy is failing due to the government's insistence of putting majority of its money for military build-up. But that may soon change, at least in theory, with the nation's leader's five-year economic plan unveiled in a speech made on Sunday.
The speech, per Reuters report, revealed something that hasn't been done for decades. The young leader also said that his country will "faithfully fulfill its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for global denuclearization." He also surprisingly claimed that his country is open to "normalizing" ties with states that had been hostile to it. But if the country's sovereignty is threatened, he said that they will not hesitate in using nuclear weapons.
Just like his previous appearances to the public and his speeches, this one was aired exclusively on state television and was delivered to the audience of the congress of the Worker's Party. more >>
The biggest surprise of the 2016 election is not Donald Trump's blitz or Hillary Clinton's emails or Ted Cruz's cratered campaign. Instead, the biggest shocker in this race to the White House is the success of Bernie Sanders, and the degree to which many of America's young and not-so-young voters so easily embrace an only slightly watered-down version of Marxism.
Several recent Harvard University surveys have shown that more than half of the nation's youth reject capitalism, and more than 40 percent want restrictions on free speech. Shockingly, a February Quinnipiac poll showed Sanders with 74 percent support among 18-44 year olds.
The fact that Sanders gained such traction is amazing from the perspective of a person whose memory awakens in the last year of the Second World War, whose early education was in the immediate postwar period, who went through atom-bomb sheltering drills later, who watched J. Edgar Hoover and Elliot Ness and the FBI (on TV anyway) ferret out domestic communist cells, and Senator Joseph McCarthy and Congressman Richard Nixon dig deep to unearth anti-American activists, who then worked for Nixon in a White House grappling with the Cold War, who read Whittaker Chambers' book, Witness, and who traveled extensively in the former Soviet bloc immediately after the collapse of communism, seeing the emptiness in the people's eyes, and the devastation of the infrastructures essential to civilization. more >>
We put in our application to adopt in February, announced our plan to adopt on Mother's Day, and became "home study ready" on September 11. In 2014. It's now been two years of waiting and praying.
Mostly patient, I'm finding myself becoming less serene and more frustrated at this wait — with its end yet to be determined. A prepared adoptive family may wait years for a placement. The abortion clinics are full … why aren't adoption agencies teeming with children?
Our society makes abortion so easy. It's cheap, it's accessible and it has even become glamorized (thanks to Planned Parenthood's extensive Hollywood outreach). We hear all the time how abortion is so common, and it is. But that doesn't make it right. more >>
Facebook confirmed that it will continue its support for the GOP Convention of the Republican Party in July 2016 despite open criticisms from liberal and progressive groups and even their own CEO Mark Zuckerberg's "veiled" criticism of Donald Trump's anti-migration stance. According to a report in The Guardian, the company will provide "financial and other support" to the Republican convention, the same way that it will provide support for the Democratic convention.
Facebook vice president of public policy said that the support that the company will provide for both conventions will help "facilitate an open dialogue among voters, candidates and elected officials during the conventions, just as it has during other critical moments in the U.S. elections and in elections around the world.
According to another report in The Verge, among the services that Facebook will provide to the conventions is a lounge, as well as exposure and tie-ins on the website and its apps. The company continued to insist their neutrality in the political debate, but like in any election in any part of the world, their website is able to keep its users informed and updated about the latest election news. Like Google, who is also supporting the convention through their live streaming services, Facebook is in a unique position to continue what it does best for its users – to provide a platform for sharing and exchanging news and information. more >>